OXFORD-CAMBRIDGE ARC

WE'RE ALL OVER IT

At Bidwells, we’ve long recognised the Oxford-Cambridge Arc’s potential to transform the UK economy

For more than 180 years we have advised the Arc’s world-famous universities, who are among the biggest land landowners in the UK. Today, we manage its most significant real estate assets, including the world-renowned Cambridge Science Park and Harwell Campus in Oxford, Europe’s largest science park.

We’ve long understood that the Arc’s leading businesses and institutions are not driven simply by a chase for economic growth but by an academic push to combat the universal challenges threatening our planet and humankind.  

Our deep understanding of the region and unrivalled knowledge of its markets are our key differentiators, and the source of our ability to unlock value of behalf of our clients.

A Vision Built on Good Growth

Bidwells’ research suggests that current growth forecasts may underestimate the potential of the economic impact of the Arc. The projections do not take into account infrastructure investment, while also adopting conservative growth forecasts. We estimate the Oxford-Cambridge Arc contributed around £111bn to the UK economy in 2019 and it is projected to grow this contribution to almost £400bn by 2050.

But attitudes towards growth are changing. Consensus is building for rapid action to decarbonise our economies and our leaders are challenged to deliver ‘Good Growth’ - health, affordable housing and a high-quality environment - rather than simply jobs, skills, incomes and a rise in GDP.

With developers facing unprecedented pressure to respond to the public’s changing attitudes, a region already delivering high levels of Good Growth in forward-looking local authority areas such as Oxford and Cambridge, provides a golden opportunity for forward-looking sustainable development.

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Bidwells joins latest EG Podcast - Will talk follow action on Oxford Cambridge Arc?

Our Planning Partner Rob Hopwood recently joined EG’s Editor-in-Chief Damian Wild for the property magazine's latest Property Podcast to discuss the prospects for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc in the March 11 Budget.
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Charity heroes pull together in 180th Birthday year to meet Bidwells' grand challenge

The proceeds of a frenetic year of 180th birthday fundraising was formally donated to cancer care charity Maggie’s this week when Bidwells’ Senior Partner Patrick McMahon proudly presented a cheque for £92,297.
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Bidwells awarded EG's Pioneer of Change accolade

Bidwells has been awarded ‘Star Contributor - Pioneer of Change’ by leading property publication Estates Gazette (EG) for its contribution to the development of its Radius Data Exchange.
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We’re more agile than ever, says Bidwells MD

The Coronavirus outbreak and the temporary government restrictions mean our employees are all working from home each day.
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Blog | Life in the Scottish Highlands reassuringly familiar for Bidwells team as Spring lambs ignore Covid-19 lockdown

With offices across England and Scotland the diversity of the Bidwells business is more apparent than ever during the Covid-19 lockdown.
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Dencora picks up 50,000 sq ft Norwich office with Bidwells advice

Commercial property company Dencora - advised by Bidwells - has acquired 52,281 sq ft Reed House at Broadland Business Park in Norwich from Lothbury Investment Management.
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Blog | Oxford and Cambridge Could Get Back to Work Faster as Two of the UK’s Top Cycle to Work Cities

As major cycle to work cities, our research shows Oxford & Cambridge are well placed to get back to work faster and more safely as lockdown eases.
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Podcast | Waiting for the green light. Are developers raring to go on biodiversity net gain?

Our Head of Rural Investment, Roland Bull gives us the lockdown low-down on how developers are readying themselves for the introduction of legislation that will ensure developers provide a 10 per cent net gain in biodiversity on all new schemes
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Sales and lettings office reopens following easing of lockdown restrictions

Our sales and lettings office in Cambridge has reopened today and we are delighted to be welcoming visitors again (by appointment).
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Almost 200 people join Planning for Bidwells’ latest Zoom webinar

Almost 200 people joined our Planning division for Bidwells’ latest Zoom webinar on 'Avoiding strategic development bottlenecks on the road to economic recovery' welcoming developers, housebuilders, planners and land owners online,.
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Orchard Street completes first letting at iconic Radio House Cambridge following major refurbishment

Orchard Street Investment Management, the specialist commercial property investment manager, has completed its first letting at Radio House office scheme in Cambridge to Sentec - a globally leading supplier of smart home technology and consultancy services - with Bidwells advice.
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M&S to open flagship Scottish store after Bidwells secures planning

Marks & Spencer (M&S) will convert a 20,000 sq ft retail park unit near Edinburgh and open its first ‘renewal’ concept store in Scotland after our planning team obtained planning permission.
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Big box lockdown deals top 1.4m sq ft

The logistics and warehouse sector across Bidwells’ region has continued to surge with Bidwells agreeing more more than 1.4m sq ft of deals in the six weeks of lockdown.
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Bidwells forecasts huge increase in demand for workspace in Oxford-Cambridge Arc as cluster leads the UK’s fight against Covid-19

New Bidwells research has revealed that up to 20 million sq ft of new lab and office space will be required in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc within the next two decades to keep pace with soaring demand, twice the volume of the previous 20 years.
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Cambridge’s knowledge economy is oven ready but should taste good to everyone

The early days of the general election campaign saw several overdue announcements in support of science and technology research.
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Science and Tech meets property at Bidwells’ 2019 Oxford-Cambridge Arc summit at The Crick

More than 550 science and technology researchers, architects, conservation groups, university vice-chancellors, local councillors and businesses, civil servants and property industry leaders convened at The Francis Crick Institute this week (Nov 26) for our 2019 Oxford-Cambridge Arc Conference in partnership with EG.
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Knowledge industries now dominating Oxford and Cambridge take-up

Offices and labs take up in Oxford and Cambridge has averaged 1 million sq ft per annum over the past three years, with almost 75% of this occupied by knowledge-based companies, finds Bidwells Research Director Sue Foxley.

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Insights and Research

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Our View on Cambridgeshire Industrial Spring 2020

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Bidwells has released its Spring 2020 Cambridgeshire industrial research which reveals that there has been an increase in prime stock, although a third of this is currently under offer.
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Our View on Oxfordshire Industrial Spring 2020

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Bidwells has released its Spring 2020 Oxfordshire industrial research which reveals that 2019 ended the year with 20% of all available stock across the market under offer, after 12 months of limited supply curtailing take up.
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Our View on M1 South Industrial Spring 2020

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Bidwells has released its Spring 2020 M1 South industrial research which reveals that the Milton Keynes and Northampton industrial market saw close to 3m sq ft of take-up in 2019, well ahead of the long run average.

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